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Bill Keating's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Bill Keating has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • "HR 7: Another attempt to deny women their fundamental right to make health decisions." (
  • "I trust medical professionals. And the professionals agree: abortion is health care. Today's Supreme Court decision reaffirmed that states cannot force people to overcome substantial obstacles to access basic medical care." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-choice America. (
  • "Bill is a strong supporter of women's reproductive rights and policies that afford access to legal, safe reproductive healthcare services. Most recently, he opposed H.R. 3, a bill that aims to rescind tax credits for small businesses that provide their employees with healthcare coverage plans that include legal abortion services." (
  • "While corporations and the wealthiest are getting a good amount of money back in their pockets, the people who have given the most for this country are bearing the burden of the Trump tax cuts." (
  • "#AHCA = $600b in tax breaks for the wealthiest paid for by the rest of us - $5k extra out of pocket in 2017 alone for #MA09 residents 55-64." (
  • Rated 5% by the National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "These are the unintended consequences when a major piece of legislation is drafted behind closed doors without hearings, oversight, or input from the public. The Trump tax plan is increasing taxes – by thousands of dollars – on our Gold Star families." (
  • "Join me in #Weymouth next Tues 10/11 for a Forum on why Social Security & Medicare need to be preserved. #ma10 #mapoli" (
  • "Check out my op-ed from yesterday that was in the #CapeCodTimes on our need to preserve #Medicare." (
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As negotiations over the omnibus spending agreement continue, we urge you to resist any attempt to include a controversial campaign finance provision relaxing political party coordination limits. This change would be a travesty coming on the heels of last year's erosion of the limits on big donor contributions to the parties. Americans have a right to expect that political parties and candidates will answer to them, but this change in the law would only further surrender the party apparatus to the influence of millionaires and billionaires." (
  • "Corporations are not people & money is not speech. Proud to cosponsor #Democracy4All amendment to overturn Citizens United. #GetMoneyOut" (
  • "The House passed HR 1 a year ago today - it expands voter access, election integrity, election security, political spending rules, and ethics for the three branches of government. Sadly, Mitch McConnell continues to refuse to allow the Senate to vote on it." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "This evening we took a big step toward ending police brutality and racial profiling, increasing transparency, and ensuring that police are accountable to the communities they serve in passing the #JusticeInPolicingAct . #GeorgeFloydLaw" (
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed a letter stating:"Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "As Boston continues to grow, it is imperative we update our essential infrastructure to ensure the safety and efficiency of all public transportation," (
  • "While corporations and the wealthiest are getting a good amount of money back in their pockets, the people who have given the most for this country are bearing the burden of the Trump tax cuts." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "Since that time, I have been working to combat climate change and expand the blue and green economies here in Southeastern Massachusetts making us a hub of new, clean technology." (
  • "He is also a strong supporter of renewable energy projects, which will create jobs and lower our energy costs while protecting our environment and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Bill knows that investments in green technologies and renewable energies are a direct investment in our regional economy." (
  • "For all of these reasons, and because I believe climate change is one of the greatest threats we are currently facing, I enthusiastically support the ideals expressed in the #GreenNewDeal and am excited to review legislation to move this forward in the new Congress." (
  • "On the House Floor, a continued effort to push my plan to strip oil companies of their tax subsidies." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write in strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recently proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which would replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a far weaker rule that poses direct threats to both human health and the environment and undermine U.S. efforts to combat climate change." (
  • "For all of these reasons, and because I believe climate change is one of the greatest threats we are currently facing, I enthusiastically support the ideals expressed in the #GreenNewDeal and am excited to review legislation to move this forward in the new Congress." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (
  • "I am proud to join on as a co-sponsor of #HR8 today and stand with all survivors of gun violence whose lives might be different had we had smart gun laws already in place." (
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association (
  • "Throughout his entire career -- from time a member of the Massachusetts legislature to Norfolk County District Attorney to now in Congress -- Bill has supported responsible gun control legislation. He supports background checks before all gun purchases, in addition to stemming illegal possession or transfer of firearms and improving safety technologies like personalized weapons and trigger locks." (
  • "Bill's conversations with community members have led him to understand that everyone knows someone who has been positively impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (
  • "15 mil people who gained coverage will lose it. Older Americans get charged 5x more for their plans. GOP made us wait 7 years for that? #ACA" (
  • "As @RepJoeKennedy points out, 11 million would lose coverage for opioid treatment under the GOP health plan. #ProtectOurCare #ACA" (
  • "Bill believes that access to high-quality, affordable healthcare is a basic human right. While he was not in Congress when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was voted on in 2009, he is a strong proponent of health care reform as originated in Massachusetts, which has been an unrivaled success." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Rated 16% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "I have also called for no further Homeland Security appropriations to implement family separation and was proud to be part of a strong Democratic coalition to block defense funds being allocated to border wall construction." (
  • "This bill is not the devastatingly slim budget proposed by the President; instead it provides critical funding for a number of initiatives of great significance to Massachusett South Coast, South Shore, Cape, and Islands from coastal resiliency to combating the opioid epidemic. It also rejects funding for outdated programs and political stunts such as President Trumps Border Wall, while preserving or increasing funding for worthwhile programs such as Planned Parenthood and the National Institutes of Health." (
  • Signed letter stating "We urge you to respond to Texas's threat to your executive authority by directing the Attorney General to use all legal options to defend DACA and ensure that nearly one million DREAMers continue to contribute to our nation." (
  • Rated 16% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Regardless of their immigration status, every human being deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, and if the Trump administration refuses to uphold that basic American value, Congress must act – and we are." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We remain hopeful with strong U.S. leadership, we can ensure vigorous enforcement of the JCPOA, as well as implementation of non-nuclear and multilateral sanctions, including CAATSA, to keep the American people secure and safeguard American interests." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a "quick" and "easy" military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (
  • "Bill has voted for an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and will work to make sure that our troops come home safely and quickly." (
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Today, I voted to limit the President’s ability to engage in hostilities with Iran unless Congress authorizes them or the use is necessary to defend against an imminent armed attack on the United States or our Armed Forces." (
  • "The EU is our closest ally and one of our greatest trading partners," said Congressman Keating. "If a trade war were to be started with them, similar to what we are seeing with China, American jobs here at home would suffer, in addition to our working relationship on critical issues like global security matters. In my district, one of our most important historic industries -- cranberries -- has been designated by China for retaliatory tariffs. Similar retaliatory tariffs from the EU would cripple the industry. It makes no sense to put our close economic and security relationship with our EU partners at risk, and we urge this Administration to act carefully and thoughtfully with respect to our transatlantic trade partnership." (
  • "He has also opposed free trade agreements with countries that violate international labor standard. Often those agreements decrease worker protections, erode environmental standards, and promote currency manipulation." (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • "TTIP has a remarkable potential to spur new growth and generate jobs throughout the United States and Europe," said Rep. Keating. "This agreement will also raise the standards that underpin the international trading system, allowing the US and EU alike to hold companies to higher health, safety, labor, and environmental standards. Ultimately, it will help level the playing field in global trade, which is something desperately needed. I firmly believe TTIP will strengthen our economy, and am proud to join my co-chairs on this important endeavor." (

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